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George Pitman Sustained Critical Injuries In Shandon Crash

2-car collision leaves at least one with serious injuries in Gustine.

Shandon, CA (December 4, 2023) 33-year-old George Pitman was critically injured on Friday, December 1st after colliding with a commercial truck tractor and trailer. Officials reported that the accident occurred on Highway 46 near a Shandon rest stop around 5:10 a.m.

Pitman was driving his 2018 Nissan NV2500 van east in the left lane of Highway 46. The California Highway Patrol said there was heavy fog with affected visibility on the roads. Suddenly, a commercial truck tractor pulling a trailer pulled out of the rest area and onto the highway directly in front of Pitman.

Officers said that Pitman wasn’t able to stop or avoid the truck and crashed into the left rear of the trailer, sending his Nissan van spinning. It finally came to a stop in the intersection and sustained severe damage, according to the California Highway Patrol. The front of the van was completely smashed and destroyed, the windshield busted and metal was bent like it was rubber.

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Emergency crews arrived at the scene and found George Pitman trapped inside his van. Fire fighters hurried to extricate him and he was airlifted to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries. The California Highway Patrol stated that Pitman was admitted to the hospital with a broken femur and severe head trauma. At this time, he remains in critical condition.

The Nissan van that Pitman was driving had to be towed from the scene and crews had to clean up glass and debris from the roadway. The driver of the truck and trailer that was involved in this crash, continued driving west following the collision, authorities said. The truck and trailer should both have major damage on their left side, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Who Is At Fault In A Shandon Car Accident? 

Safety measures for automobiles have improved over time, however, motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured in motor vehicle accidents.” Speeding, Distracted driving, dangerous turns, inclement weather, poorly designed roadways as well as driving while under the influence can all lead to vehicular accidents.

All drivers are legally obligated to exercise due care in an attempt to avoid traffic collisions.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Shandon Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of George Pitman during this difficult time. Any one with information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you or someone you care about need more information about a Shandon car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have.

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